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Rotary Aids After-School Initiative

After School Boost: Rotary Club of Grand Cayman representatives present a cheque for $3041 to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for the East End United Church After-School Programme. (L-R)  Rotary's Community Services Director Justin Bodden;  DCFS Director Deanna Look Loy; Rotary Club of Grand Cayman President Lori McRae; DCFS Disaster Services Coordinator Lynda Mitchell and Cost-U-Less Store Manager Guy Strickland.

The East End United Church After-School Programme has received a boost with a generous gift of over $3000 from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. The presentation was made at Cost-U-Less Seven Mile Beach.

The monies came from Rotary's fundraising efforts throughout the year for which Cost-U-Less donated items. The Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS) brokered the donation.

Among those on hand for the presentation were DCFS Director Deanna Look Loy, Disaster Services Co-ordinator Lynda Mitchell, East End Community Development Officer Delmira Bodden and Rotary Club of Grand Cayman President Lori McRae.

Others present included Rotary's Community Services Director Justin Bodden and Cost-U-Less Store Manager Guy Strickland.

The East End United After-School Programme, which was re-established in January of this year, serves up to 40 children.

Ms Bodden who works closely with the church on the programme explained that it provides homework assistance; arts and crafts, woodwork and computer training, and other programmes to keep youngsters positively engaged while their parents finish the work day.

In making the presentation, Club President Lori McRae said the donation was made as part of Rotary's New Generation programme which is focused on supporting youth development initiatives in the community.

"We are happy to be able to help this very deserving programme," Ms McRae said.

DCFS Director Deanna Look Loy said the programme is a worthwhile effort which is impacting young lives. She added that the department was keen to help sustain it.

In underscoring the Director's comments, DCFS Disaster Services Coordinator Lynda Mitchell said: "We always try to work with community organisations to ensure that programmes that are making a difference will be given the help they need."

East End United Pastor Rev. Louis Sully thanked the DCFS and the Rotary Club for their generosity and dedication.

"This donation will help to provide snacks and other resources for the children for the next three months," Rev. Sully said. "We are most appreciative of this gesture and wish both organisations God's continued blessing on their work in communities across the Cayman Islands."

(GIS)

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